Nüart presents five artists of unique vision: Beverly Kedzior, Emilio Lobato, Joseph Ostraff, Willy Bo Richardson and Judy Woods. Each abstracts the world with singular perception and insight.
Beverly Kedzior is known for her organic shapes and richly layered abstractions. As a child she was enamored of animated movies and cartoons. She had books from those movies and traced and drew the images found in them continuously.
In art school, variations of the organic forms from these venues consistently appeared in her work. When she discovered a genetic disorder deep in her family history, she searched for answers in medical and DNA books and found a correlation between the illustrations there and the bulbous images she was already using. Mining ideas from animated film, cartoons and medical textbooks, Kedzior creates pop paintings that merge these seemingly disparate elements.
Kedzior lives and works in Chicago. She has degrees from Barat College and the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and is featured in private, corporate and museum collections across the nation.
Emilio Lobato is a Colorado artist born and raised in San Pablo, a village seven miles from San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado. In 1982 he earned a BA in Art from Colorado College, where he studied with printmaker and painter, Mary Chenoweth and sculptor, Carl Reed. In 1986 Lobato guest-curated a Day of the Dead Mexican folk art exhibit for the Denver Art Museum as part of a NEH internship completed there. From 1989 to 1992, Lobato worked as education administrator in the Education Department at the Denver Art Museum. Since 1992, Lobato has been pursuing his studio practice full time. Additionally, he has guest-curated exhibitions for the Mizel Museum of Judaica, the Denver Arts Students League and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2011, Lobato was the subject of a mid-career retrospective at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, titled Mi Linda Soledad (My Beautiful Solitude). Lobato’s work has been represented in galleries nationally, and is included in many private and public collections nationally and internationally. Lobato has lived and worked in Denver since 1985.
Joseph Ostraff's paintings evoke the varied shapes and motifs of human cultures and geography. Using subtle color gradations and rich patterning, Ostraff creates works with startling compositional depth.
A three-time recipient of the prestigious Fellowship Award from the Utah Arts Council, last year Ostraff was also voted one of Utah's 15 most influential artists by a panel of his peers. Ostraff was born in Santa Monica, California in 1957, later earning an MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1984, and is now a professor at Brigham Young University. The collaborative efforts he's organized have involved hundreds of artists around the globe and have culminated in more than 30 exhibitions both domestically and abroad.
Willy Bo Richardson
Willy Bo Richardson committed to a single mode of working as a formal recognition of the power of remaining in one place and as a way to honor consistency and quietude.
Willy Bo Richardson was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He completed his MFA in Painting at Pratt Institute in 2000 and his BA in Studio Art and Poetry at University of Texas at Austin in 1996. He was a painting tech at Cooper Union in New York for seven years and a faculty member at Santa Fe University of Art and Design for seven years.
Richardson’s work can be found in many private and public collections including a recent acquisition by the Albuquerque Museum. His paintings have been the subject of solo exhibitions in the United States and Mexico, including ClampArt in New York City, Skot Foreman gallery in San Miguel Mexico and Richard Levy in Albuquerque. His work was also featured in numerous group exhibitions including 70 Years of Abstract Painting – Excerpts at Jason McCoy Gallery. The show assembled works by a selection of modern and contemporary painters, including Josef Albers, Hans Hofmann and Jackson Pollock. In 2012 he showed a body of work in the exhibition "Watercolors”" at the Phillips de Pury headquarters in Chelsea, New York. His work and vision was featured on the PBS weekly arts series ¡COLORES!. Public collections include the Albuquerque Museum. Richardson was awarded a residency at Tamarind Institute and was a SITE Santa Fe SPREAD finalist.
Judy Woods was born in Rotorua, New Zealand in 1963 and lived there until she left to study at Waikato University when she was 18. After a year she transferred to Otago Polytech where she studied fine art for three years, graduating with a degree in Fine Arts in 1985. She went on to receive a teaching diploma in 1987 and worked in art education for 15 years.
Woods finds her inspiration in the process of painting intuitively. She sets the stage for unpredictable combinations of the accidental and intentional as she combines loosely applied paint alongside controlled intricate pattern or linear formations, saturated and muted color combinations, thin glazes with thick brushstrokes, and then drawing into the paint with dry media. Her process involves building the paintings in layers in response to marks, colours, shapes and passages that resonate. Finally, Woods orchestrates line, shape and colour to create a balanced complex design that draws the viewer close and then reveals the unexpected in the richness of the surface.